Rate optimization for MAC layer multicast in wireless networks

Weiyan Ge, Junshan Zhang, Sherman Shen

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Multicast is an efficient mechanism to transmit data to multiple receivers in wireless networks. In this paper, we explore rate optimization for multicast communications at the media access control (MAC) layer in wireless networks. We first consider network models with single-input-single-output (SISO) links. For threshold-based multicast policies, we characterize the optimal transmission rates that maximize the throughput in stable networks and in saturated networks, respectively. We then investigate the tradeoff between stability and throughput therein. Furthermore, we generalize our study to networks with multipleinput-multiple-output (MIMO) links and non-i.i.d. channel links, and investigate the optimal transmission rate correspondingly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGLOBECOM'05
Subtitle of host publicationIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, 2005
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2005
EventGLOBECOM'05: IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, 2005 - St. Louis, MO, United States
Duration: Nov 28 2005Dec 2 2005

Publication series

NameGLOBECOM - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


OtherGLOBECOM'05: IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt. Louis, MO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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